Members of the University of Michigan’s Queer Advocacy Coalition are accusing University President Mark Schlissel of making a homophobic comment during a virtual faculty town hall held on August 14th.
In a written statement sent to WEMU, the coalition says President Mark Schlissel made a homophobic microagression when he compared testing for HIV in the 80’s and 90’s to testing for COVID-19 today. During the town hall, Schlissel said testing can give a false sense of security and that it was seen during the HIV epidemic when people got a negative test result but continued to spread the disease. Schlissel emailed the coalition to apologize for his comments and said he only intended to critique the effectiveness of massive COVID-19 testing.
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